Leisure, Sport and Tourism
Do you have a passion for getting out and about, be it holidays, sport, or other leisure activities? Consider a career in a sector that helps other people to do the same - providing them more life in their work-life balance!
- Jobs and salaries
- Routes and qualifications
- Funding and support
- What’s it really like working in this sector?
- How many jobs are there in this sector?
- Location, location, location
- Will a career in this sector suit me?
Leisure and sport
You could consider a career in teaching physical education. The Association for Physical Education supports teachers in this subject area.
Take a look at this careers map for careers in hospitality, particularly those in tourism.
Find out more about the hospitality industry and who you can work for.
Take a look at some organisations you can turn to for careers guidance in this list from the Institute of Hospitality.
Take a look at the support and training offered to travel executives.
- Typical salaries in this sector, after training, range from £20,000 to £35,000.
This is an area in which you do not need to be a graduate to work, however there are a range of undergraduate programmes if you would like to study first. Apprenticeships are available in this sector.
Leisure and sport
Think about finding a work placement to gain experience in this sector, and read advice about choosing a course.
There are many courses and development programmes aimed to keep professionals up to date with the latest industry developments.
- Courses on Physical Education are designed to help you continue your professional development.
- Find out what courses are available in Sports and Exercise Science.
- Into snowsports? Take a look at courses provided for people who want to become, and develop their skills as, snowsport instructors.
Further careers advice from the ITT
Find out about an internship in tourism with flexible part time hours.
You can also take courses as you go along in your career, for which the prices vary. Your employer may fund you to take these qualifications, so it's worth discussing with them.
- The Institute of Travel and Tourism offer awards to outstanding students and apprentices.
- Find out from those already working in it: check out our career videos for this sector.
- Take a look at these career stories from the Hospitality Guild.
Working can often be long and irregular with employees often required to work shift patterns and weekends. This may suit you if you want or need to have flexible working hours.
Over 2 million people are employed in this sector in the UK, by thousands of employees. A good place to start is with local authorities, who employ a great deal of those involved with leisure and sport. There are also many private employers.
There are jobs in leisure, sport and tourism throughout the UK although, obviously, many jobs relating to the travel, tourism and holiday sectors are concentrated in popular tourist destinations.
- Find out from four employers in this sector what they look for when employing staff.
- Requirements for jobs in this sector vary greatly, some demand specific qualifications while others require no formal qualifications at all.
- There are many courses that can help prepare for entry to these areas of work, ranging from GCSEs, A levels, or equivalent, through to degrees and postgraduate qualifications. The Diploma in sport and active leisure and the Diploma in travel and tourism may be relevant for some jobs.
- New entrants often receive on the job training and many people also work towards work-related qualifications, such as NVQs or awards from bodies such as CIMSA, the professional body for the sport, parks and leisure industries.